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Can New Rules of the Road Help in Securing Cyberspace?

A computer keyboard lit by displayed code on March 1, 2017. Kacper Pempel/Reuters

Incipient cyber norms will not become established principles of conduct overnight. 

December 2, 2019

A computer keyboard lit by displayed code on March 1, 2017. Kacper Pempel/Reuters
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In my weekly column for World Politics ReviewI discuss a recent report from the Global Commission on the Stability of Cyberspace as well as some of the difficulties of establishing cyber norms.

Over the past quarter century, the internet has transformed human existence, dramatically altering everything from daily life, societal interactions and economic exchange, to political debates and geopolitical rivalries. In 1996, only 36 million people were online. Today, 3.7 billion are, and the remaining half of humanity will soon join them in the connected world. Although the benefits of cyberspace are undeniable, malicious state and criminal actors often use it to further their nefarious ends, while at times endangering its digital infrastructure. Hoping to protect this vulnerable domain, the Global Commission on the Stability of Cyberspace recently issued its final report, “Advancing Cyberstability.”

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Read the full World Politics Review article here.

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